Lost avant gardes

Free public lectures (no booking required) to be held at Gulliver’s 109 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1LW
7 pm, Monday 20th April

The British Experimental Novelists of the 1960s

Joseph Darlington

For all the excesses of 1960s alternative culture, the British literary scene of the period was surprisingly dismissive of experimental approaches. This talk aims at bringing to life the history of an avant garde movement which sought to revolutionise the novel form and was largely sidelined and ignored for its trouble. Individual authors, particularly B.S. Johnson and Ann Quin, are only now being recognised for their contributions to literature, and this will be the first lecture to engage with the group surrounding them as a whole. Based on four years of original archive-based research, a picture is now emerging of a group committed to tearing down Victorian traditions and constructing in their place a new set of fictional forms.

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